Optical Connections Magazine Spring 2023


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Industry News

Going Green Peter Dykes 10 Optics in the Data Centre Tony Savvas 14 FTTH European Rollout Peter Dykes 16 Beyond 800G John Williamson 18 Clean Up Your Fibre… Rick Homan 20 Disaggregated PON Peter Dykes 22 FTTX & Data Centre Trends Riechle & De-Massari 24 EPIC CEO Interview Philippe Babin 26 Optical Connections Webinars 28 TOP Conference Wrap Peter Dykes 29 OFC Preview 30 FTTH Europe Preview 32 AngaCom Preview 34 Product Focus

TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FIBRE OPTIC INDUSTRY Welcome to the spring edition of Optical Connections magazine. With global warming on most people’s minds these days, we take a look at what efforts some companies are making to reduce their carbon footprint, and how carbon reduction can be meaningfully evaluated. This will be followed up with a webinar at the end of March on the same subject featuring expert speakers and an in-depth discussion of this vital topic. Also looking to the future is Antony Savvas who writes that when it comes to building efficient networks inside data centres and better ones for connecting them to other sites, improved optics are key. The role of optics for ramping up data speeds is also important, and John Williamson writes that with traffic volumes, data densities and pressures on service provider costs continuing to ramp up, the attractions of 800G and beyond optical networking have become compelling for many different areas of application. Disaggregation is another hot topic at the moment and we spoke to the Open Networking Foundation’s general manager Timon Sloane about ONF’s SEBA and VOTHA projects aimed at bringing disaggregation to passive optical networks. Looking at future trends, REICHLE & DE-MASSARI’s Christen Hermann and Daniel Eigenmann examine how as wireless and wired connectivity continue to merge, utilising a fibre backbone, service providers will keep looking for ways of reducing operating costs by reusing infrastructure in smart ways. And finally, with the 2023 conference and expo season now in full swing, we spoke with FTTH Council Europe’s Director General Vincent Garnier, ahead of the FTTH Conference to look at the state of FTTH rollout across the continent. And don’t forget! Optical Connections readers can save 20% on the cost of entry to the FTTH Conference by using the discount code on page 30. Peter Dykes Contributing Editor

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